Malaysian government agrees to abolish death penalty in move hailed by rights campaigners

Malaysia’s cabinet has agreed to abolish the death penalty, a senior minister said on Thursday, with more than 1,200 people on death row set to win a reprieve following a groundswell of opposition to capital punishment.
Capital punishment is currently mandatory for murder, kidnapping, possession of firearms and drug trafficking, among other crimes, and is carried out by hanging – a legacy of British colonial rule.
Communications and multimedia minister Gobind Singh Deo confirmed the…